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Guru Ashtakam


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Guru ashtakam says, without attaching our 'manas' to the feet of 'Guru', nothing is complete. So we ask 'What 's (use of) that..?'

Guru is not a 'mortal' person. Guru gita says Guru is the 'Atman' that controls the buddhi. Atman is the 'Observer' of this Universe, that guides the evolution of our Universe, just by observation or just by being a witness or sAkshi.

This Observer Atman manifests in beings like us as the 'Observer' of our 'Manas'. Manas are thoughts that control our actions. The observer of our Manas or the 'Witness' of Manas is Manas-sAkshi. This observer in us is the 'Guru'.

We call an external person a 'Guru', because that person just by the act of the observation, guides us and evolves us. Guru need not tell us anything or interact with us. When a person by the very presence guides us and evolves us, we raise the status of that person as our 'Guru'.

So Guru Ashtakam says, without being guided by this observer (internal manas-sAksi or external guru), whatever we do is incomplete and hence asks 'what's (use of) that..?'.

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